- 1 The Perpetrators: PackAnyWere And Package Planet
- 2 Susan – Work At Home Victim of Reshipping Scam
- 3 Where Did Susan Send The Merchandise
- 4 Unnamed Victims of the PackAnyWere Reshipping Scam
- 5 Wash, Rinse & Repeat – Enter PackagePlanet
- 6 How could Susan get so easily duped?
The Internet is full of ‘make money online’ scams, we all are aware of this sad fact. Unfortunately, the Work At Home industry is not immune against illegitimate job offers, and often times it’s almost impossible to recognize these scams until the famous ‘bleep’ hits the famous fan.
The following is a very sophisticated, elaborate international scam that started early in 2015, leaving behind a trail of defrauded work from home folks, as well as thousands of innocent victims whose credit card information was used illegally. It was brought to the attention of the authorities just ten short weeks ago and is under investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspectors and the FBI.
The story I am going to tell you today is about Reshipping or Package Forwarding Fraud, how it works and the parties involved:
The Perpetrators: PackAnyWere And Package Planet
(the missing ‘h’is not typo of mine, that’s how they spelled it) popped up by the end of 2014, offering a ‘work-at-home’ job as Logistics Coordinator. The base pay was $1500 per month PLUS $10 for each package shipped out. The company promised to reimburse all business expenses, including expenses for travel, entertainment, and similar items.
Address: PackAnyWere LLC., 1210 Dutch Neck Rd., Middletown, DE 19709
Phone: toll free (855) 339-3924, fax (855) 295-9072, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
www.packpl.com followed suit just 3 months later with an identical home job offer. The website was completely different, of course, but the purpose was the same.
Address: 2005 Merrick Rd., STE. 122, Merrick NY, 3247
Phone: 1-646-593-7732 (cellular phone)
Susan – Work At Home Victim of Reshipping Scam
Susan (not her real name) lives in Alabama and like so many other people went online searching for a way to make money from home. She found what she thought was a perfect fit when she cam across the website from PackAnyWere. The offer looked great; she could work from home and the pay was pretty darn good.
She applied, was accepted and signed the employment contract and necessary tax forms. It took only a few days before packages began to arrive in the mail. She was instructed to open the packages, inspect and inventory the content, and then ship the items to addresses provided by PakAnywere.
The merchandise was mainly tech stuff like computers, laptops, digital cameras, camcorders, iPhones, tablets, but also higher priced hunting and boating accessories.
Unsuspecting, Susan went about her business handling about five or so shipments per week. She was supposed to get paid every month, and after about 4 weeks, there was a wire transfer made into her bank account.
The amount was a whopping $28,000 and totally unusual for Susan’s banking history. This raised a big red flag with the manager of the Credit Union, and the security specialist with the bank could verify that those funds were fraudulent.
The bank informed Susan what they found out and that the company is not kosher. Susan called the company and they explained to her that there was a bookkeeping mistake, she should deduct her “pay for the month” and transfer the rest of the money to their associates in Romania.
Luckily for Susan, her banker got suspicious and they found out about the fraud, otherwise Susan would have to pay all the money back. Unfortunately, she did not get paid for the work she did, and did not get reimbursed for her expenses.
Where Did Susan Send The Merchandise
The Postal Inspectors were able to track most of the packages Susan sent out. Some were sent to a mail drop in Brooklyn, New York, and the workers there claimed to have no idea what’s going on. The others were shipped to a freight company, Ukraine Express, which then sent them to Russia.
Unnamed Victims of the PackAnyWere Reshipping Scam
You may have guessed it by now that all the merchandise received and reshipped by Susan and many others that fell victim to this scam, had been bought online with either stolen credit cards or fraudulently obtained account information.
Postal and FBI investigators are looking into thousands of reports from individuals as well as retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart and others. The damage inflicted goes into the hundreds of thousand of dollars, and counting.
Wash, Rinse & Repeat – Enter PackagePlanet
The gangsters running these scams know very well that sooner or later they will be exposed and have a contingency plan. As soon as the cover of PackAnyWere blew off, another similar operation popped up. PackagePlanet was waiting in the wings to take over. A different look website, different address and phone numbers, same scam. I am not sure for how long this operation was active, but it shut down about 4 weeks ago.
How could Susan get so easily duped?
That’s easy to understand if you look at their websites, which are designed very professionally with about 14 to 18 pages and lots of information. The images of delivery drivers in their trucks, a worker on a forklift driving a stack of packages around, the Employment Contract and Tax Forms make the whole thing appear 100% legitimate.
Then consider the work at home opportunity and the pay. It’s relatively easy work at a fixed $1,500 salary, plus $10 for each shipment and bonus, and it definitely has a great appeal for people like Susan. You could easily do 25 shipments per week; that would bring your monthly pay check to $2,500……not bad at all.
Of course, in hindsight it’s easy to point out the obvious signs on their websites:
- Warehouse and forklift: Name on roll cage bar: Miami Industrial (Image lifted from their website)
- The address in Delaware: Empty and abandoned farmhouse (Google Map – zoom in)
- Scamadviser.com: Who would think about looking up website information there?
- Making $2,500 a month for shipping packages? As they say “if it sounds to be too good…….”, you know the ending.
What Should You Do?
1) Don’t get involved in any reshipping or mail/package forwarding companies. Believe me, they are all scams (ABC News Video). In our day and age there is no need for services like that. There are millions of online transactions every day, where people purchase merchandise, and companies like Amazon ship the products to the buyer’s address or to a different shipping address. These transactions are traceable. On the other hand, these criminals that use stolen credit cards or account information cover their tracks by using folks like our Susan as recipient of the goods and the electronic tail will lead to them.
2) Cover your ass if you are involved already, stop what you are doing and report to the authorities immediately. Hopefully you saved all paperwork, email-correspondence etc., because when ‘the boys in blue’ the Feds or Postal Inspectors come knocking, you need to be able to prove that you are a victim yourself. Here are a couple links to report to.
Postal Inspectors: 1-800-876-2455, or file online here
Internet Crime Complaint Center: Also file with the government here
3) Fight back and help others to avoid falling victim to this scam. Let us know your experience in the comment box below and list company name, email address and contact names so that others searching for info can find out what’s going on.
Let me be the first to post this SCAM ALERT. Here is a list of companies that are actively running this scam as we speak (July-24-2015)
- mckinsey-company.com (see image)
- PackExpert LTD
- M&G Logistic services LLC
- Worldwide Supply Express (WSE)
- SCM Logistics
- US Pack and Ship LLC
As I said earlier it’s not easy to recognize these scams if you are unaware and unsuspecting. I hope that my yapping helped you to avoid falling victim and saved you the embarrassment and the headaches poor Susan experienced. That leaves open the question “how you can make money from home“.
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That’s all for today. Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to let us know what’s on your mind.